You Must Be Born Again

Recently, I was requested to post an article in Christian Daily Resources. The article is as follows:     You Must Be Born Again

As a professional investigator, I like to believe that I have an inquisitive mind and I require proof when stories or events need further explanation (or they’re beyond belief).

So, I thought diligently and prayed to the Lord for guidance.  Finally, it just came to me that in order for people to “understand” the Holy Bible and it’s scriptures, one must be born again!  I’ve had so many friends and family members complain that they don’t understand the scriptures.

I’ve often explained to them that all anyone needs to do is just read.  Understanding comes from the Lord.  But if the understanding doesn’t come right then and there, then wait because the Lord  already knows to provide the understanding.  It will come in due time.  He may provide an individual schooled in the scriptures, He could provide a movie that makes reference to the issue, or perhaps, He will just “drop” the understanding into our spirit!  The scriptures can take on the scope of  bits of a puzzle waiting to be pieced together.  They provide our foundation for our day-to-day standards.

However, I also say that reading the bible requires commitment that translates into a habit to read the bible consistently.

Now about being born again, Jesus discussed with Nicodemus, a Pharisee, in the Book of John, Chapter 3:1-3 :

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”

10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?”

Jesus is saying one must be born again spiritually in John 3:8.  So to be born again spiritually, one simply acknowledges:

  • That Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
  • That Jesus Christ is the Son of God
  • That Jesus Christ died and was raised on the 3rd day (spiritually)
  • That Jesus Christ saved us from our sins and eternal condemnation (salvation)
  • That Jesus Christ redeemed us (reinstated our rightful position with Father God)
  • That whoever believes in Jesus Christ shall inherit eternal life

I know this sounds like too much or even unbelievable; however, the bible testifies to the truth of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I know because I took my commitment seriously, acknowledged Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I’ve never regretted it.  It’s an adventure. My spirit woke up.  I became more aware, more conscious of  what I believed in, why I believed it, and what life genuinely means.

Knowing God, having a relationship, by and through Jesus Christ,  and the Holy Spirit, is anything but boring.  Ask Father God anything, in the name of Jesus, and believe, and you will receive His response.  (Reminder: ask for the will of God to be revealed to you—don’t ask in an inappropriate manner like greed.)

There is so much to learn, to experience, and to pass to generations by teaching of all that God has done for us and through us as willing vessels to do his will.  Don’t deprive yourself of His benefits, because His benefits become your benefits.  It’s your life, live it and live it abundantly!

Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ?  No?  Then pray this prayer of salvation:

Prayer of Salvation

We don’t deserve it; He Is Willing to Give It to You

Heavenly Father:  I come to your throne of  Grace, Splendor, and Majesty  in the name of Jesus Christ.  Your Word says that “whosoever shall call on the name of  the Lord, shall be saved” and “if thou shall confess with thy mouth, the name of  the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thy heart, that He died and that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

You said that my salvation would be the result of  the Holy Spirit giving me new birth by coming to live in me and that if I would ask, you would fill me with your Spirit and give me the ability to speak in other tongues.

I take you at your word:  I confess that Jesus Christ is your son and is Lord.  I believe that He died and you raised him from the dead.  Father God, please forgive me of my sins, transgressions and iniquities–my faults and weaknesses.  I’m sorry.

Thank you for coming into my heart, for giving me your Holy Spirit, as you promised, and for being Lord over my life. Amen.

If you prayed the Prayer of Salvation, then indeed, you are born again.

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  9. Isn’t it odd that if the Baptists and evangelicals are correct that their “born again experience” is the true and ONLY means of salvation, the term “born again” is only mentioned three times in the King James Bible? If “making a decision for Christ” is the only means of salvation, why doesn’t God mention it more often in his Word? Why only THREE times? Isn’t that REALLY, REALLY odd?

    Why is it that the Apostle Paul, the author of much of the New Testament, NEVER uses this term? Why is this term never used in the Book of Acts to describe the many mentioned Christian conversions? Why is this term only used by Jesus in a late night conversation with Nicodemus, and by Peter once in just one letter to Christians in Asia Minor?

    If you attend a Baptist/evangelical worship service what will you hear? You will hear this: “You must be born again: you must make a decision for Christ. You must ask Jesus into your heart. You must pray to God and ask him to forgive you of your sins, come into your heart, and be your Lord and Savior (the Sinner’s Prayer). You must be an older child or adult who has the mental capacity to make a decision to believe, to make a decision to repent, and to make a decision to ask Jesus into your heart.”

    It is very strange, however, that other than “you must be born again” none of this terminology is anywhere to be found in the Bible! Why do Baptists and evangelicals use this non-biblical terminology when discussing salvation?

    Maybe…making a “decision” for Christ is NOT the manner in which sinners are saved!

    Gary

    Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals

    • Hello Gary:

      You brought up several questions in this article. You ask why God doesn’t mention being born again more than 3x?
      Why does it have to be repeated more than 3x? It’s through a conscious decision that one calls Christ into his life. I have a niece who accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and savior as a child. So I personally do not believe there is an age limit. Teaching a child about the truth of Jesus Christ is paramount, the earlier the better. Truth always stands.
      1.Proverbs 22:6
      “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
      2.Ephesians 6:4
      “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”

      I’m thinking that in the end, you really are trying to find another way to get into Heaven without the shed blood of Jesus Christ?

      Sinners are all saved by and through Jesus Christ. It’s in His mercy that He never gives up on us regardless of all the why’s. The belief (revelation) in Jesus Christ is what allowed that thief (the third man on the Cross) alongside Jesus Christ, who states ‘Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42). He didn’t have time to “be born again” formally while sitting in a Church or at an outside rally for Christ.

      Jesus answers: “And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43).

      The thief asked for Jesus to remember him–this is a form of being “born again” in the spirit. Death was the ultimate end game changer for this thief and Jesus assures him of being rescued. This man did have prior knowledge of Jesus Christ and who he was: “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” (Luke 23:40-41)

      We could draw away from the Nicodemus scriptures where being born again was discussed.

      But, all in all, only Jesus Christ carries the distinction of being the Son of the Most High God and carries life in His saving Hand: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. (John 5:24); And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40)

      “And believes in Him” (Jesus Christ) is being born again in the spirit.

      Show me anyone else with the same eternal, life saving power.

      Blessings,

      Mary

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  11. The above concerns of Gary with the term “born again” only being mentioned three times and not mentioned at all by the Apostle Paul is really not something that should be concerning at all. The whole of the new testament EXCLUDING the four gospels are expounding upon, fully influenced by the Holy Spirit, what Christ himself said about having to be born again to make it to Heaven. The term does not have to be mentioned in order to grasp what the Apostle Paul and all the other apostles are explaining throughout the new testament books. The new testament is defining and reiterating the profound words of Christ of having to be born again. The new testament works of Paul and the others are making the very point of Christ’s words of having to be born again in the spirit by God’s sacrificial Lamb, which is what the cross, Christ and Christianity are all about. Otherwise, there is no point.

    The consequences of not being born again are severe.

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  12. A concept that is inescapable and cannot be overlooked is the fact that your spirit man is in a state of death. Therefore, it has to be recreated AND REGENERATED… or “born again” into a state of living, hence Christ’s warning of the requirement of being “born again.” This is what the entire new testament is explaining. So one can’t believe the words of the Apostle Paul and the entire new testament and not believe what Christ said. They are both saying the same thing.

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